N'Keal Harry gets praised for under-the-radar performance vs. Browns

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The Off Day, Ep. 193: Instant reactions to Patriots' big win over Browns
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N'Keal Harry only shows one catch for 26 yards in the box score from Sunday's 45-7 win over the Browns, but he contributed in a big way that doesn't get shown on the stat sheet.

Blocking.

The wide receiver was heavily involved in clearing holes and blocking down field for the Patriots running backs, who finished with a total of 184 yards on the ground.

"I thought he did a good job for us," Bill Belichick said Monday. "N’Keal’s got good size, a competitive blocker. Cleveland played a lot of loaded fronts there with the safety [Ronnie] Harrison down in the box. For the receivers, somebody’s got to block those guys. Multiple players have to do it, but N’Keal had a number of opportunities to block them, and I thought he blocked competitively."

Harry played just over 50% of the snaps and made them count.

In the fourth quarter, he had his lone catch of the game, a great play on a sideline throw from Brian Hoyer. Speaking on Merloni & Fauria Monday, Mac Jones expressed confidence in the third-year player and noted he could try and get him the ball more.

“He’s done a good job," Jones said. "He got hurt earlier in the year. He’s working hard. He’s a big, physical receiver and he’ll make those big-time catches. Sometimes I just have to give him a shot to get a chance to get the ball and whenever it’s thrown his way he usually comes down with it, so he’s done really well. I think he will continue to get better as the year goes along.”

Harry and the Patriots will take on the Falcons this Thursday night in Atlanta.

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